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20 March 2015, Thon Hotel EU (room Belgium), Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels; 11h30-13h00

Launch Benchmarking Working Europe report 2015

The European Trade Union Institute is pleased to invite you to the launch of its 2015 Benchmarking Working Europe report. Published every year, the report analyses the state of working Europe explaining with the aid of statistics and graphs the main trends in terms of Europe’s macro-economic situation, its labour market development, the situation of wages and collective bargaining, and worker participation.

The focus of this year’s Benchmarking report is on the lessons learned – or not learned – from eight years of economic crisis and austerity policy. The findings point to policy failures and to the need to redefine alternatives in order to get Europe back on a sustainable growth path. The deterioration of the labour market and social situation in the EU, along with the appointment of a new Commission last autumn, have led to some renewed policy initiatives that seek to restore growth as a means of addressing the situation. The most notable of these initiatives is the Annual Growth Survey with its three pillars: the Investment Plan, fiscal responsibility and structural reforms. ETUI researchers will present the data and conclusions of the Benchmarking 2015 report in these three areas and Commission representatives will have the chance to comment on these findings.

Agenda

Moderator: Torsten Müller, Senior researcher ETUI and coordinator of the Benchmarking report

Investment plan: Martin Myant, Senior Researcher and Head of Unit European Economic, Employment and Social Policy ETUI

Comments: Alessandro Carano, DG ECFIN

Fiscal responsibility: Sotiria Theodoropoulou, Senior Researcher ETUI

Comments: Karl Pichelmann, DG ECFIN

Structural reforms: Agnieszka Piasna, Researcher ETUI

Comments: Robert Strauss, DG EMPL

Final comments: Patrick Itschert, Deputy General Secretary ETUC

Live tweets from the Benchmarking launch: #etuiBWE2015

To register for the Benchmarking launch please click here.

A light lunch will be offered after the event. At 13h30 you are also most welcome to attend the high-level conference Europe’s dilemma: austerity revisited or a new path for sustainable growth which will take place in the same room. Please register for this conference here.

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